Okay, this may be a little outside of our traditional purview, but did you know that Maurice Ravel's Bolero -- the four minute erotically-charged single that's the closest thing to powerpop in the entire classical music repertoire -- originally had steamy lyrics by the composer himself?
Well, it did, and after the piece's premier (at the Paris Opéra on November 22, 1928) there was such a tremendous scandale -- the level of arousal in the concert hall was so high that three members of the wind section were caught masturbating behind the French Horns -- that the composer was forced to withdraw the lyric version in favor of the all-instrumental standard that everybody knows today.
Fortunately, the lyric version has just been rediscovered and we are proud to present the premier recording, featuring Peter Michael Davis conducting the Independent Symphony Orchestra.
Enjoy -- but try to listen to it in the company of someone you love.
And a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who guesses who's the featured soloist and from whence the clip actually derives.